SPEEDWAY – ItÃ¢ÂÂs that throwback to the 1950s, isnÃ¢ÂÂt it?
A sport stuck in an era when everyone wore a hat, smoked a pipe and – if you were over 25 – thought Elvis was not so much the King of Rock Ã¢ÂÂnÃ¢ÂÂ Roll as a hip-wiggling neÃ¢ÂÂer do well who needed a good wash.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs right isnÃ¢ÂÂt it?
Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh! Course itÃ¢ÂÂs not!
Speedway may not drag the crowds in like it did back in the day but, hey, how many kids gave an Elvis concert a miss because they had a dodgy shoulder from playing on the Wii?
The long-awaited return of shalesport to Teesside after 10 long years of hurt has been a massive success.
New owner Glyn Taylor has some cracking ideas to make the TLS Bears even bigger and better – trust me, heÃ¢ÂÂs told me some of them – and this season could well be the most exciting in the clubÃ¢ÂÂs short history.
Now, to reflect that, here at Gazette Towers weÃ¢ÂÂve put speedway at the forefront of our drive into 21st century cutting edge technology journalism.
WeÃ¢ÂÂve launched In the Pits – our brand new Redcar Speedway blog.
Throughout the season IÃ¢ÂÂll be following the Bears at home and away and giving you my thoughts and theories on TeessideÃ¢ÂÂs second most popular sporting organisation.
You can still find news, reports and reactions in the paper and elsewhere on this website – but In the Pits gives you that little bit extra. A sort of silver helmet match race at the end of the main event, if you like.
Please feel free to comment on anything IÃ¢ÂÂve written – I welcome your feedback and, of course, itÃ¢ÂÂs much better to write something here than embarrass me in front of my friends by telling me in person at the stadium.
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TheyÃ¢ÂÂll all come to South Tees Motorsports Park every Thursday, crowds will be bigger than they get at the Riverside, Glyn will buy a new Ferrari and theyÃ¢ÂÂll pull down that silver thing outside Binns and put up a statue of Chris van Straaten instead.
Well, maybe not but you get the picture.
IÃ¢ÂÂve youÃ¢ÂÂve enjoyed your first taste of speedway bloggery, thank you – IÃ¢ÂÂm Martin Neal. If you havenÃ¢ÂÂt, IÃ¢ÂÂm Anthony Vickers.